Discuss the lessons to be learned from the fire concerning the relationship between the rich and poor ,employer and employee,and politicians and reformers.
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The fire illustrated the awful consequences of management regarding labor as the objects of exploitation only. The workers at Triangle were locked in the room because they were not trusted, and because management wanted to squeeze as much labor as possible out of them with no interruptions. The Triangle workers died because of conditions created by management, and the lesson was not lost on many reformers.
Among the lessons learned was that the public would become outraged enough by such events to demand reform. Conditions that had been ignored and endured for years suddenly became a public scandal -- a good example of the way a single event can sometimes transform public and political attitudes.
I suppose that the biggest lesson to be learned was that the employers would not provide any kinds of safety precautions for the workers unless forced to do so. The workers did not have the clout to force the employers to provide a safe working environment and politicians were not going to go to bat for the workers until something happened to shock the public.
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